FLOSS, The Right Way To Do Policing IT In Belgium

“Belgium’s police forces are increasingly switching to open source web technology. The federal police and already 49 local police forces across the country are using the openpolice.be platform for their websites. In total 126 of police websites in Belgium are reusing and sharing the platform.”
 
See Belgium police sharing and reusing web technology
I’ve long held that FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) is the right way to do IT. There are lots of advantages:

  • less spent on licensing,
  • spreading cost of development over more programmers/organizations,
  • no vendor lock-in, since there is no vendor, and
  • because you can see the code, you know the stuff is not out to get you…

A corollaries to the “no vendor lock-in” part are that organizations have total control of IT and cooperating developers/organizations are united rather than divided by “the vendor”. The world can and does make its own software for less than the monopolists would. There’s just no reason at all that the world should pay multiple times over the cost of developing software when they can do it themselves.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to FLOSS, The Right Way To Do Policing IT In Belgium

  1. dougman says:

    I always laughed at the statement, “everyone can see the code, so its easier to hack”, when in fact it is the just the opposite.

    Today I read that Kodak tore down a building: http://petapixel.com/2015/07/19/kodak-turns-92-year-old-film-manufacturing-building-into-rubble/ this is what waits for M$ and Crapple. Giants in their day, but now just a spec of their former self.

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